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Sex, Drugs, and Rock & Roll


by Dulce Maria Menendez


We left an oppressed island
so we may die in a free country.

And, oh lord, how we died!

We died from affixation. 
We died from AIDS.
We died from a heart attack. 
We died from a brain hemorrhage.
We died from Parkinson's.
We died from breast cancer.
We died by suicide.
We died from being shot in a gas station.
We died from dementia.
We died from alcoholism.
 
We died of loneliness.
We died from love.
We died from divorce.
We died from mental illness.
We died from sex, drugs, and
rock & roll.

And worst of all lord,
we died of old age,
while living an oppressed life
in the pursuit of freedom
because our r's rocked & rolled 
too easily from our fabled 
refugee tongues.

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